Old Saybrook High School grads told to ‘make the most of the life you’ve been given’ – Connecticut News

Old Saybrook High School grads told to ‘make the most of the life you’ve been given’ – Connecticut News




“Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”

That was the title of the Dr. Seuss book from which retiring teacher Gary St. Germain quoted and offered lessons to the delight of the some 100 Old Saybrook High School students in the 2017 graduating class Wednesday.

Under sunny skies with a gentle breeze, the outdoor celebration carried the theme of life coming full circle, with quotes from the children’s book author, as well as both Principal Sheila A. Riffle and School Superintendent Jan Perruccio explaining that they had started in their positions at the same time this class started school as freshman.

Riffle welcomed friends and family to the graduation of “the small, yet quite mighty class of 2017” and explained she had been a bit anxious about speaking at commencement, as she was feeling emotional and “not quite ready to leave you (the students) just yet.”

That was until a senior prank brought large vehicles into the parking lot to take up space and she was at the receiving end of water from a Nerf Super Soaker, she joked.


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She reminded the students of their freshman year when they were filled with fear, apprehension and excitement, and wondered how many had been reflecting on how fast their time at high school had gone.

“Each year continues to accelerate,” she said. “Make the most of the life you’ve been given and the one you make for yourselves.”

She told the class that they were highly talented and thanked them for teaching her.

Salutatorian David Sylvester thanked parents and teachers, saying the students “wouldn’t…

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